Greetings Fall 2021 Students!
I am excited to be in
the classroom with you this fall. My current plan is to teach both lecture and
lab face to face, you will receive an update if that plan changes due to the
current global pandemic.
I encourage you to get
vaccinated if you haven't already, for your own health and that of our
I will post the
syllabi for Zoology and Anatomy around mid-August.
If you are curious
about textbooks here is what we will be using:
Biology 4: Principles
of Evolution and Zoology.
Two Required texts and one Access Code:
1. Textbook: Campbell Biology by Urry et al.
11th edition. Example ISBN-13: 978-0134093413
2. Access Code to Modified Mastering Biology,
11th edition. This is an online learning tool associated with our textbook. We
use it for practice and some assignments. If you plan on taking the Biology
major’s series: Biol 4: Evolution and Zoology, Biol 6: Ecology and Botany, and
Biol 2: Cells and Genetics, it is more economical to purchase the 2 year access
code rather than a single semester. We use this tool in all three classes.
You can purchase the Access code with the book
or separately online. There will be more details in our syllabus and
NOTE: There is a newer 12th edition of the
textbook. If you prefer the newest edition you are welcome to purchase/use it.
You can also use the earlier 10th edition (you can often find a cheaper used
book). However, you will need either the Access code for the 11th or 12th
3. Your Inner Fish by Neil Shubin
Biology 10: Human
Required Textbook and Access Code:
-Marieb, Human Anatomy and Physiology, 11th
edition with an Access code for Modified Mastering A&P, 11th edition.
We use this textbook AND the Mastering A&P
Access code for both Anatomy (Biol 10) and Physiology (Biol 60). The Access
Code gives you access to an online learning platform we use for some of the
If you are taking both Biol 10: Human Anatomy
and Biol 60: Human Physiology be sure to purchase the 2 year Access Code rather
than for a single semester.
You can use an earlier edition of the text,
like the 10th. BUT you will need the Access Code for the 11th edition of the
Modified Mastering A&P. You can purchase an Access code with a new text
book or separately on the Mastering A&P website. There will be more details
in the syllabus.
Optional-We have extra
copies of the lab manuals. You do not need your own manual to complete the assignments.
But if you would like a copy of your own here is what we use:
-Lab Manual: Human Anatomy & Physiology Laboratory
Manual, Main Version (11th Edition)
Courses I teach at Columbia College:
Biology 4: Principles of Evolution & Zoology - we explore the mechanisms of evolution and how animals work (from the inside out!)
Biology 10: Human Anatomy - targeted for future health care workers and anyone interested in learning more about the human body
Biology 17: Fundamentals of Biology - a general bio course for those who have aspirations that do not include becoming a biologist. We discuss how biology relates to relevant topics like: genetics, GMO's, cancer, stem cells, climate change, and biodiversity.
Biology 50: Nutrition - we learn about the fundamentals of what makes a healthy diet and why. Short version: eat your VEGGIES!
Biology 60: Human Physiology - targeted for future health care workers. We explore how the body maintains homeostasis and how diseases cause the body to leave homeostasis. I recommend taking Biology 10: Human Anatomy prior to taking Biology 60.
I spent many hours of my youth scrapping around the mountainous deserts of central eastern Utah. I continue to scrap about the Sierra, and am prone to scraping knees. My time in the wild has taught me about the simultaneous fragility and resilience of life, a nuanced duality that led me to study biology as a student and now as a teacher. I am fascinated about all things biological, from hydrogen bonds to biomes. I feel lucky to have landed at Columbia College, where I continue to feed my curiosity about the world and am grateful the role students have in teaching me new marvelous findings and perspectives.
In addition to biological themes, my classes also explore ways to improve learning, from developing a growth mindset to exploring effective learning strategies. Continually learning to learn makes my neurons excited!
A bit of background: After completing a Bachelors in Crop Science at Utah State University and a 5 year stint at North Carolina State University working on various projects such as growing wheat in space, analyzing protein profiles in soybean seedlings, and researching ways to improve plants' tolerance to highly saline soils, I shifted my focus from plant physiology research to teaching biology. I moved to Idaho where I earned a Doctor of Arts in Biology, which is a degree that focuses on teaching biology to college students.